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BAEnglish Literature

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Overview

Travel the world with the turn of a page and experience a literary journey through space and time. Our BA English Literature spans the globe; our range of expertise is geographical as well as chronological, practical as well as theoretical. Here you don’t just study English literature, you study world literature in English. Alongside the English literary canon, you read some of the most important novels, poems, and plays from the United States, the Caribbean and Europe.

As part of our creative, practice-based department, we encourage you to form your own critical and artistic responses to texts. We offer you the chance to write your own story in response to studying Arthurian Literature; to edit never-before edited sonnets from the sixteenth century; and to hold history in your hands by working with our valuable collection of original books from the time of Shakespeare.

Other topics you can choose from include:

- Modernist cityscapes in literature
- Translating novels for the screen
- Writing of the U.S. South
- Victorian literary realism

Our course offers a varied, flexible and distinctive curriculum, focused on the study of world literature, but also enabling you to take options from the other courses within our Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies including creative writing, filmmaking, journalism and drama.

We are ranked top 20 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015), and our students are some of the happiest in the country; we are consistently ranked among the top in the UK for student satisfaction.

Programme structure

Year 1

Critical Writing: The Essay
Literature: Origins and Transformations
Close Reading Skills
Understanding Employability: Preparing for Your Future
The Enlightenment (optional)
Creative Writing Skills (optional)
Introduction to European Literature (optional)

Year 2

Early Modern Literature
Versions of Modernity
Approaches to Text
United States Literature Since 1850 (optional)

Final year

The Victorians: Writers and Society (optional)
Romanticism: Poetry and Prose (optional)
Shakespeare and the History Play (optional)
The History Play After Shakespeare (optional)
Shakespeare: The Tragedies (optional)
The Imagined South (optional)

Career opportunities

The number of careers that lead from courses in literature is almost as large as the number of graduates, but two particular areas in which our graduates have had recent success are publishing and the theatre. One of our former students is now in charge of editorial at a large publishing house, and another has just taken over running one of the country’s major theatres.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of desirable roles including:

The Civil Service
Journalism and broadcasting
Marketing
Museum and library work
Commerce and finance
Teaching

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States